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Safety & Airspace Regulation Group Graduate Internship Programme

The role of the SARG is to ensure that UK civil aviation standards are set and achieved in a co-operative and cost-effective manner. The CAA must satisfy itself that aircraft are properly designed, manufactured, operated and maintained; that airlines are competent; that flight crews, air traffic controllers and aircraft maintenance engineers are fit and competent; that licensed aerodromes are safe to use and that air traffic services and general aviation activities meet required safety standards.

This exciting programme has been created to give 6 interns the opportunity to work within pre-selected functional areas of SARG. Over the course of the 18 month internship programme, each intern will be based within 3 of the following 6 primary functions of SARG:

Primary functions of SARG (Rotations)

1. Safety & Business Assurance

The Safety and Business Assurance area is a new team formed in November 2016 that will be working up a safety assurance capability for the SARG providing an interface on Business Management services and will drive cross SARG improvement projects on behalf of the Group Director.

2. Airworthiness

The Airworthiness team is responsible for the oversight of airworthiness in the UK. Approval and oversight of maintenance and production organisations, the issue of Certificates of Airworthiness, the oversight of operational airworthiness and for aircraft that are not subject to European regulations, establishing and finding compliance with design certification requirements.

3. Airspace, Air Traffic Management & Aerodromes (AAA)

AAA is a dynamic team of administrative and highly technical staff covering a very diverse range of regulatory obligations, from efficient use of airspace to regulatory and safety performance oversight of 67+ air navigation service providers and 80+ aerodromes of different sizes. Our stakeholders include a wide range of external stakeholder organisations and groups, major airport operators, government, and EASA.

4. Performance Based Regulation (PBR)

Performance Based Regulation (PBR) is the CAA’s solution to improving aviation’s safety record and forms the standard by which we will regulate. We work with the aviation industry, using the latest data, to identify the most serious risks. We prioritise our efforts to target those using realistic and sensible oversight and regulation.

5. Flight Operations

Flight Operations (FO) consists of technical specialists and Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) in the field of Commercial Air Transport (CAT), in both the Fixed Wing and Helicopter sectors. Responsible for the issuance and oversight of all UK Air Operations Certificates (AOCs) and for the safety standards and performance of those AOCs both in the UK and abroad. The Team is also responsible for providing Flight Instructor Training Inspectors to oversee the maintenance of pilot training standards in the UK and supporting Flight Simulator evaluation worldwide.

6a. Intelligence team - Intelligence, Strategy & Policy

The ISP Intelligence team is responsible for using a variety of data sources to produce safety analysis and risk assessments, so that the CAA can take action based on safety risks. Analysis from the Intelligence team informs the CAA’s performance based oversight of the aviation industry and is the bedrock of the CAA’s regulatory safety management system.

6b. Emerging Technologies Team - Intelligence, Strategy & Policy

The ISP Emerging Technologies Team is at the leading edge of the business, primarily concerned with the future trends and influences and with the remit to ensure CAA remains a world class and respected organization by identifying and managing the impacts of emerging technologies.

In this regard, ISP owns a portfolio of three programmes:

  • Supporting UKPLC in preparing for Spaceplane launches from the UK. This includes working with other government departments on both Primary and Secondary legislation whilst preparing guidance materials, publications and competency training
  • Preparing for and integrating the significant growth in Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS aka Drones) into the overall aviation system, whilst maintaining a safe operating UK airspace environment
  • Providing a robust approach and controls for Cyber Security across the UK aviation industry

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